Bass General Information
Largemouth are the most sought after warm water gamefish in the US. Their preferred habitat is warmer waters with extensive weedbeds, lily pads, tules and other types of cover. They can be found in lakes, reservoirs, ponds, backwaters, sloughs, and slow moving river sections. They are highly adaptable and have managed well in reservoirs with wide water level fluctuations and little natural cover.
Largemouth bass live 15 years or more and can reach over 20 lbs. in weight. Most bass in the western US are the northern strain, however, in the last twenty years the Florida strain has been introduced in southern California reservoirs and at Clear Lake in northern California. The Florida strain grows at a faster rate and lives longer. Most record fish caught are Florida strain.
Mature largemouth bass subsist primarily on a diet of fish such as bluegill, shad, shiners, and silversides. Other favorite foods consist of crawdads, frogs, and tadpoles. Rats, ducks, blackbirds, and grebes have all been found in the stomach of largemouths. They are ambush style hunters with bodies built for short bursts of speed. Their cavernous jaws create a vacuum effect upon attack.
Largemouth bass become sexually mature at 2 to 3 years. Males create a nest about 2' in diameter, in 1 to 4 feet of water, carefully cleaning the shallow depression of silt and debris. The female will lay a portion of her eggs in one nest and then find other nest in which to deposit her eggs. More than one female may lay eggs in a nest. The males guard the nest with the eggs hatching in less than 10 days. The fry stay in the nest for about a week until the yolk sack is absorbed. The fry school until they are about 1 " long, 6 months, and then scatter.
Bass Articles & Reports
Written By: Roland Aspiras,
Cold temperatures have pushed the majority of the bass into deeper water, where anglers working finese presentations are landing fish.
The top two lakes this week, according to Mickey Clements at Coyote Bait and Tackle, were Calero and...read more ››
Written By: Danny Lloyd,
Things couldn't be much better at Lake Shasta. The shad are on top and the trout and bass are vigorously feeding on them. Now is the time to visit the lake to experience fast action!
If you are a trout troller, you'll want to be working...read more ››
Written By: Danny Lloyd,
If you like fishing for hard fighting landlocked steelhead trout, Lake Sonoma is the place to be with fish being caught by anglers fishing from the surface to 20 feet deep.
"Most fish are in the 15 to 22 inch range, with an occasional...read more ››
Tips & Tactics for Bass
Written By: Larry Hemphill
Bass anglers are better able to deal with cold weather than are the bass they seek. While humans move around more to stay warm, bass do...read more ››
Written By: Scott Suggs
If we’re going to be honest about it, fishing in the winter isn’t always the most pleasant activity. It can be cold, windy and sometimes...read more ››
Written By: Skeet Reese
Fishing experiences can range from both the pleasure that comes from catching a fish to the pain and frustration that comes when “the big...read more ››
- Took a little drive after doing some trout fishing at collins yesterday. I had a tip the bass were an easy target. It didn't take long to find them,...
Thu, 28 Nov 2013 20:57:01 GMT
- today was a good day . i walk the creek caught 11 bass up to 3lbs and then the pond with 6 more bass and countless bluegill/ redear
Tue, 26 Nov 2013 02:35:19 GMT
- To my fellow bassers: I caught this bass on a 1/4oz. Booyah black skirted spinner bait (colorado blade). Much to my delight because I normally don't...
Sun, 17 Nov 2013 16:08:40 GMT
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Sun, 17 Nov 2013 01:11:06 GMT
- Work the same as they do in the Delta? Same colors and retrieves?
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anglingweson: May 25, 2013
At a pond near Folsom punching the thick stuff shallow.